The WY-FI Network hosted a re-launch day on 31st July. The aim of the day was to re-energise the Network and show existing, new and potential members all the amazing opportunities that the Network has to offer.
In total , 24 network members came to the event, which was held at the British Legion in the centre of Leeds.
There were a number of speakers and activities, and highlights from the day included:
Donna talking about what the Network and WY-FI has been like for her. She said that before WY-FI she felt like she hadn’t been supported by a community.
Mez Marsden, Sarah Horrocks and Joe Alderdice talked about the well-being groups in Bradford, including how they wrote the bid and planned the sessions. Sarah also demonstrated the well-being Jenga that was created for the group.
Geoff Doyle, MIS & Evaluation Officer talked about peer mentoring and the research that’s been done over the course of the project. Geoff asked Network members to suggest other research ideas for each of the localities. He also asked them to complete the WY-FI Insight questionnaires to get their feedback on the questions and how they’re worded.
Sarah Stead, Media & Communications Officer came in to talk about Multiple Disadvantage day. Sarah also asked Network members what they thought of the current name and what the name could become in the future. Sarah B then spoke about her experience as a Network member and a volunteer in the Media & Communications Team at WY-FI.
John Whetton and Yan Jarret visited from the Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Team to talk about the different ETE opportunities available to network members, including Northern College in Barnsley.
Jessie Jacobs from the Northern Inclusion Consortium did an interesting activity with the group called ‘If I were you I would…’ This involved Jessie giving us different situations and asking Network members what they would do. For example if they were talking to an MP writing a drugs policy.
Gareth from RIPFA (Research in Practice for Adults) spoke to the group about opportunities to get involved in University research, talking to researchers about their own experiences and being involved in the writing and wording of these pieces of research.
In all, the day gave a focus to Network members, sparked interest for new members that joined us and reminded those who had been with the Network what work we have on offer.
We now have mini Network meetings planned in each of the localities, to follow up on the opportunities and activities covered at the re-launch and keep the momentum going.